Longest non-stop flight to take off from New York to Sydney
A plane and its passengers are set to test the mental and physical limits of long-haul aviation when Qantas operates the first direct flight by a commercial airline from New York to Sydney this weekend. In the first of three "ultra long-haul" test flights planned by Australia's national flag carrier this year, researchers will monitor the effects on passengers of the 19-hour non-stop journey.Up to 40 passengers and crew -- most of them Qantas employees -- will be on board the Boeing 787-9 when it departs New York on Friday. The plane is scheduled to arrive Down Under Sunday morning.
Pop duo The Veronicas have disputed the account of their removal from a Sydney plane over an 'incredibly intimidating and confusing' cabin baggage dispute
'Maybe we ' re being Punk'd?' The Veronicas ' Jess and Lisa Origliasso thought they were the subject of a television PRANK when they were removed from Qantas The pair were referring to the MTV show Punk'd, hosted by Ashton Kutcher, which involved elaborate pranks being pulled on celebrities.
The Veronicas were convinced they were the subject of a prank when they were removed from a Qantas flight last month.
Sisters Jess and Lisa Origliasso were escorted off a flight from Sydney to Brisbane following a spat with the cabin crew about baggage they were trying to store in an overhead locker, which they claim was "incredibly intimidating and confusing".
Speaking to Australia's KIIS FM radio station on Friday, Jess revealed the siblings thought the whole thing was a set up by Ashton Kutcher's U.S. hidden-camera show Punk'd.
"Because we did this thing with MTV, Lisa's like, 'Maybe we're being Punk'd?'" she said, while Lisa added, "I genuinely thought we were being Punk'd."
Qantas flight makes history by touching down in Sydney after flying 19 hours non-stop from New York
The flight, which landed in Sydney on Sunday morning, is the first in a series of trials of "ultra" long-haul trips which could become reality by 2022.Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says airline passengers will be able to exercise mid-air if non-stop flights from New York to Sydney become a reality.
Sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso say reporting of incident ‘in conflict with video’ evidence, and they will take legal action over ‘intimidating and confusing’ removal from flight .
The Veronicas were escorted off a domestic Qantas flight by three federal police this weekend, and are currently seeking legal recourse. “We were so confused as tho why asking for their named resulted in us being removed by 3 federal police,” they wrote. “Such an upsetting and embarrassing
Reflecting on the incident itself, the Untouched hitmakers added they still don't understand what the commotion was about, explaining: "There wasn't an issue, that is what was so bizarre. There was no issue from our end!"
The pair are now pursuing legal action against the airline after releasing a phone recording, photos and alleged witness statements to support their version of events.
"We acknowledge when we make mistakes, but refuse to accept shame when we have been unfairly targeted," a statement from the sisters read.
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'It was a difficult time': The Veronicas reveal how their 'bond has prevailed' on new MTV show after they stopped talking amid Jessica Origliasso's reconciliation with ex Ruby Rose .
This year, The Veronicas reconciled after an 18-month 'estrangement'. And twin sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso, 34, have vowed to explain how their 'unbreakable bond has prevailed' on MTV show.And twin sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso, 34, have vowed to explain how their 'unbreakable bond has prevailed' on new MTV show - The Veronicas: Blood is for Life.